Posts Tagged ‘billiards’

Any Room can be Your Game Room

Monday, August 12th, 2013

The Man Caves television series has been broadcasting for several years, providing hope to many home owners who dream of a room that they can call their own and inspiration for a number of different game room modifications. However, the very notion of a man cave or game room demands, at the very least, extra space, either in a spare room, a basement or a garage. What do you do, though, when you can’t quite fit your huge dreams into your small home?

Many of us do not have the resources necessary to construct a game room in the style of Cameron and Siragusa, and many of us would not be able to do it ourselves, even if we had the resources. What you do have, however, is an imagination.

Imagine that your living or dining room doesn’t necessarily have to behave like a living or dining room. Many of us have been raised in environments where living rooms were quiet gathering places at the end of the day or shrines for knick-knacks and various antiques; dining rooms were for meal time only. Woe to the person who dared to touch or soil anything within these rooms! Many of these rooms still exist, but in many cases, these rooms are but a shadow of what they used to be, and they collect dust just the same. Consider the possibility that your living or dining room can be more than what it is, what it once was or what it should be.

If you and your family are not in the habit of using a dining table, would you be more apt to spend time in the room if the dining table was replaced with a convertible billiard table? You could use a convertible table top, should the need arise, to still serve a meal there. Would you be more apt to spend time in your living room if your stereo console was replaced with a touch-screen jukebox? How much more fun would you have with a foosball coffee table than with a stereotypical coffee table?

The rules of foosball and billiards may be the same as they were decades ago, but the rules of decorating are evolving. In virtually all cases, you can make your own rules. You can have your game room. By replacing some of your “priceless” knick-knacks and antiques with recreational furniture, you will enjoy something far more priceless: memories.

How Billiards Evolved into the “P” Word

Monday, August 5th, 2013
Oh we got trouble,
Right here in River City!
With a capital “T”
And that rhymes with “P”
And that stands for pool.

The message in “Ya Got Trouble,” a song from The Music Man, was critical of pool, denouncing the game as “the devil’s tool” and one capable of corrupting a person. However peculiar this may seem, the game of pool did become associated with billiards as a direct result of gambling.

Once a lawn game not unlike croquet, billiards evolved into an indoor game, played on a table covered with a green grass-like cloth. Today a number of games played on this table are collectively known as billiards. Native to Europe, billiards gained popularity in 19th-century England. English Billiards was the most popular game played at that time; however, snooker is nowadays played regularly and competitively.

Billiard games, including the pocket billiards game that we are familiar with today, became popular in America in the late 19th century. During that time period, a “pool” was a collective bet (as in poker), and a pool room was place where a person could place bets on horse races. As a means to fill time between horse races, pool room owners installed billiard tables. The public then began to associate betting or “pools” with billiard tables, and the negative connotation of pool rooms resulted from the gambling and not billiards.

Set in the early twentieth century, The Music Man recalls a time when pool rooms were a place that men assembled to hang out, play, bet and (sometimes) fight. With the success of the movies The Hustler and The Color of Money (in 1961 and 1986, respectively), however, pool – and billiards – has realized renewed popularity and substantial growth. Billiards is now considered to be a reputable sport and an acceptable pastime.